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sitdown with msnbc. also this morning, as joe biden makes a swing across key country, we'll take a look at what's at stake for the u.s. with this asia visit. >>> and new details this morning on the deadly commuter train wreck in new york. investigators say the train was going three times as fast as it should have been on that sharp curve. good morning from washington. it's tuesday, december 3rd, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. we have a lot going on as we do every day in december. so let's start with my first reads of the morning. and it's on health care again. after the soft relaunch of the health care website over the weekend, the white house now feels that it's in good enough shape to do what they wanted to do two months ago. start a public campaign for the health care law over law. president obama will kick-start the e effort with an event at the white house this afternoon. of course this comes nine weeks after the first rollout which was marked by glitches and crashes as well as repeated promises from the administration that things would get better. >> nobody's m
tuesday. >> vice president joe biden heading to japan, hoping to diffuse tensions between that country and china. how it could affect both nations. >> growing concerns about h.i.v. new numbers raising red flags. >> breaking new ground - or should i say space. china hopes to become a leader in space exploration. >> vice president joe biden will arrive in japan on monday in what many are calling a crucial tip - easing tensions between japan and china over disputed territories in the china sea. >> they look like an army. they act like an army. but they are not a real army. these troops are from japan's self-defence force on training exercise earlier this year. under japan's constitution, they can only fire to defend themselves. with japan's larger neighbour china asserting itself internationally. questions are asked whether japan should rethink the role of its armed force, and china's declaration of a self-defence zone over the china sea is making the discussion urgent. >> japan's hawkish prime minister shinzo aba has been pushing to change the constitution. guidelines will be introduced
hemispheres. >>> joe biden sticks his foot in his mouth in japan, but pulls it out in time to tell off the chinese. >>> it's been a solid year since a gunman open fired and killed 20 children all ages six and seven. it's a tragedy that will be forever difficult to fathom in scope and horror. a short time ago they were released. the state prosecutor that lead the investigation fought to keep them sealed but lost the court battle. they're concerns are absolutely valid. cnn will broadcast a portion of the released audio and they can be placed in the proper context. in the meantime, debra has been pouring over the tapes, what struck you about these 911 calls? >> it was fascinating to hear. the first call was from a work who appear todd be in the office where the gunman was able to gra breakthrough the class. she says he is walking down the hall, carrying his weapon, and that he is shooting. she said sandy hook elementary. the second call is from a woman shot in the foot. she was able to get inside of a classroom and when the dispatcher says, are you in lock downright now, she says no, no w
that the telecom infrastructure is critical there. this also comes at the same time vice president joe biden is including stops in both asia and south korea. the white house has not responded to the letter but it could come up in meetings. as for south korea's response, it was actually a subsidiary of seoul-based lg. says the value of the contract has not been determined and they haven't considered ending the contract because of u.s. concern. all they're getting from the company is equipment and they will have no access to network operation. the back to you. >> also tonight, vice president biden and the chinese president met in beijing as tensions over china's decision to enforce a rattled thense zone region. we have the details. >> vice president biden did not directly address china's air defense zone after his meeting but there was little else people in the region have been focused on. they are in the midst of walking a diplomatic tightrope. it is something biden made clear as he sat with xi after the meeting. call complex relationships for sustained a high-level engagement. that is why th
we're following this hour. >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe and u.s. vice president joe biden say they stand united in their response to china's newly declared air defense zone. >>> protests in thailand have police trying another way to calm demonstrators. they've let the people into their headquarters and the prime minister's office. >>> a young american woman killed in the march 11 disaster wished to be a bridge between japan and the u.s. now her parents are working to keep that dream alive. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden says his country will stand by japan in the face of a new dispute involving china. he just wrapped up a meeting with prime minister shinzo abe. the leaders shared ideas on how to approach chinese authorities following their air defense identification zone over the east china sea. >> translator: we confirmed that japan and the united states will not tolerate china's attempt to unilaterally change the status quo. we also agree our countries will continue to work closely together to deal with the matter base on the strong u.s./japan relationships. >> transl
judge green lights detroit's bankruptcy plan, allowing the city to cut pension plans. >>> joe biden - safety in the sky, a dispute between china and japan. >>> and a report says yasser arafat was not poisoned by radioactive polonium. it it disputes findings that there were high levels of the chemical in his body. >> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas draiton, good to have you with us. we are learning about the man at the controls when a speeding commuter train derailed in new york city, killing four and injuring dozens more. the engineer was in a daze at the time. lisa stark has more on the investigation. >> the national transportation safety board wouldn't say what condition the engineer may have been in prior to the tragedy, but found no indications of mechanic call problems. the brakes on the train, that barrelled along at 80 miles per hour, the breaks were tested before the run began, and worked fine at all the stops before the accident. here is board member earl weener. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brakes were not functioning. >> rockerfe
. >> biden in beijing. the vice president in china for a crucial visit. >> image is everything. this is not a photograph of morgan freeman. what it is is simply extraordinary. >> you are looking at live pictures of air force two in beijing china. vice president joe biden landed, days after the b 52 flew no disputed airspace over the south china sea, and questions about the disputed islands between japan and china. that's what the vice president is talking about in budget after leaving japan. we'll have more on that in a moment. >> we begin with this - the deadly train derailment. investigators say it was travelling at 82 miles per hour, three times the limit before the crashing, killing four, leaving dozens injured. with the speed we are learning something new about the man at the controls and what happened in the seconds before the disaster. lisa stark has more on that. >> they wouldn't say what condition rockefella may have been in. there's no indication of mechanical problems. the brakes, which was barrelling at 82 miles per hour into a 30 miles per hour curve, the brakes we
. >>> now here's your look at "scrambles politics." vice president biden will head to tokyo and talks on china's new air defense zones. it was also announced the vp will visit the border between north and south korea known as the demilitarized zone saturday. mr. biden will hohn your troops killed in the korean war. >>> bob smith wants his old job back. the republican says he will run for his party's nomination to challenge democratic incumbent gene shaheen next year. he may have popular competition. scott brown removed massachusetts from the twitter profile. the resident has been rumored to be open to a possible run in 2014. >>> new york archbishop says the catholic church has been outmarketed been the on the issue of same-sex marriage. during an interview, he responded to critics who he says have chashg toured the church as anti-gay. debate over the issue will continue. >> back in 1973 with roe v. wade, everybody said this is going to go away and be back burnered. to this day, it is the most devisive issue in american politics. as you look at some of the changing attitudes, you say,
clinton against joe biden? >>> red kettle robbery. heartless thieves steal christmas from needy families, swiping thousands of dollars from the salvation army. but how did they do it? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up. we begin with an american held captive in cuba since 2009. now begging president obama to personally intervene. 64-year-old alan fwroes sa gros country, quote, abandoned him after he was imprisoned for bringing communications items. joining us, jill dougherty with the latest. jil, what are you learning? >> alan gross says he's in a small cell with two other inmates. he gets about an hour a day outside in a very small courtyard. and he says other than a few phone calls and visits, he is completely isolated from the outside world. at the gates of the white house, the wife of alan gross pleads for the president to help her husband. >> please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> reporter: today marks the fourth anniversary of alan gross' imprisonment in cuba. arrested while working as a contractor for the u.s. government, b
their poetry back to its birthplace. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden will soon get off a plane in the japanese capital and step into a dispute that's increased the friction between neighbors in this region. he'll be meeting leaders in tokyo, beijing and seoul to talk about china's newly established air defense identification zone. biden will sit down on tuesday with prime minister shinzo abe. abe has called the zone very dangerous. chinese defense ministry officials announced last month they'd set up the zone. it covers a large part of the east china sea. and includes islands the japanese control, but the chinese and taiwanese claim. biden will head to china after he leaves japan. the vice president will meet on wednesday with president xi jinping and other chinese leaders. analysts say biden is starting his tour in japan to highlight the decades-old u.s./japan alliance and to coordinate the response to china. he'll travel to south korea later this week. >>> u.s. leaders responded quickly to china's move with both words and actions. top officials criticize the chinese for tryin
you, susan. >>> well, vice president biden starts his visit to asia amid a territorial dispute between japan and china. he meets with the japanese prime minister today. biden arrived in tokyo yesterday and was greeted by the new ambassador to japan caroline kennedy. biden says the u.s. is deeply concerned about china's just established air defense zone. it covers a group of islands claimed by japan. biden travels to china tomorrow. >>> and a strong winter-like time packing heavy snow and arctic temperatures is making its way south and east this morning. the northern plains is already seeing the effects. winter weather warnings and advisories are posted from montana to wisconsin this morning. eric fisher, chief meteorologist at our boston station wbz is following the storm. >> a big story this week, the storm that starts in the midwest is on its way to the rest of the country today. this is where the cold is on the move pretty quickly. we head toward midweek and dipping down across california down into the four corners region in the upper midwest. by the end of the week, it's spill acro
to the test today. joe biden visiting with chinese president xi jinping. david mckenzie is in beijing following biden's visit. >> reporter: michaela, it was a red carpet welcome for the u.s. vice president but definitely tensions are high in this region. he'll be meeting with xi jinping, china's president, trying to diffuse attention. they announce an air defense zone, the u.s. saying a unilateral move that could lead to a wider conflict between these two economic power houses. biden will have to walk a tight rope in pressuring the chinese to dial back some of the rhetoric but also can't push too far. it's unlikely they'll go away from this zone, which they announced around two weeks ago. michaela? >> david, important meetings to be sure. thank you. the white house is prepared to negotiate a limited nuclear enrichment program for iran as long as the country holds up to its end of an international deal to curtail it's nuclear capabilities under rigorous global monitoring. the white house cautioned the program applies only to the nation's peaceful energy needs. the statement comes days
tv reading what north korean officials say was an apology. >>> vice president joe biden says he is concerned about china's expansion of the air defense zone in the east china sea biden told japanese leaders the u.s. will stay committed to their alliance. stephanie is in tokyo. >> reporter: the u.s. vice president has offered words of reassurance to japan on tuesday. he says he is deep concerned about china's actions. nobody is quite sure what it means, but obviously there is a grave risk of some kind of accident between aircraft from the chinese side and japanese side. and the fact that joe biden has come out so strongly in support of japan should serve as a message to china. he said there is nothing worse than an intentional war, than an unintentional one. and that reflects the gave concerns people have between accidents between aircraft from different nations. >>> tensions are rising in ukraine, where the country's opposition failed to force the government with a no-confidence vote in parliament. the current president blocked a deal calling for closer ties with the eu. the gov
the fact that joe biden has come out quite so strongly, in support of japan, should serve as a strong message to china to reflect on its actions. joe biden also said today quoting the words of his father, there's nothing worse than an intentional war than an unintentional one. and obviously that reflects again the great concerns that people have about thens thats of an accident between aircraft between different nations and what that might mean in the future should that happen. >> stephanie reporting. >> one man's claims of being racially profiled over 200 times. next on al jazeera america. reports of a police department singling out people at a convenient store p p lap weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america investigation recently revealed that for years the miami gardens police department racially profiled clients and employees of one particular convenient store. a closer look at one man that has been searched over 250 times. it was the summer of 2012, the 28-year-old was stocking soda at the quick stop in miami gardens. you can see a police officer come inside, and arrest
-mouthed state in the union, guess what it is. >>> plus, vice president biden takes on serious diplomacy with china. >>> and is this the future of inexpensive space exploration? you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back, everybody. >>> vice president joe biden was in tokyo tuesday to show support for japan. in the wake of china's new air defense zone. the move by china to control international air space has raised tensions between the two countries. while the united states is standing by japan over the matter, biden stopped short of ordering beijing to remove. >> we are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the east china sea. >> the vice president arrived in beijing early this morning, where he plans to meet with the president. >>> it seems that the house and the senate will agree on a bill to ban manufacturing plastic firearms. the house expanded the bill for two years and the house is expected to do the same when it returns. >>> two sky divers in arizona have been killed in a mid air collision. witnesses say the two divers had open parachutes w
making news. vice president biden wrapped up his visit to china on thursday by raising the issue of the treatment of american journalists in that country. nearly two dozen journalists from different american publications are in danger of not having their visas renewed by year's end. biden argued newspapers should be able to, quote, report the truth without fear of consequences. >>> during an msnbc exclusive interview, chris matthews interest asked president obama who would make a better president, joe biden and hillary clinton. not surprisingly the president played the middle. >> both hillary and joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. >> and the navy announced the accessful launch of a troen from a submerged submarine. it was fired from a torpedo tube and flew for several hours while transmitting live video. we'll be back with more on the latest in the death of nelson mandela. >>> reaction to the death of nelson mandela is pouring in from away the sports world including from legend taker figures. portug portug
. >>> and we'll tell you why england's cricketers are seeking redemption ♪ >>> u.s. vice president joe biden says he is deeply concerned about china's introduction of an air defense zone in the east china sea. al jazeera's rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: smiles for the cameras, but the start of talks are expected to be tough. on biden the burden of voicing the anger of america's allies in their standoff with china. but biden knows he has to stop short of damaging chinese and u.s. relations. for the chinese president, the need to look strong in his neighbor's eyes, while redefining the very nature of cha >> stephanie:'s relationship with america. >> the first test what the president has referred to is the great power and new great power relationships. great power rivalries in the past have lead to war, and the new relationship should head for peace. how this great power relationship is going to play out remaining to be seen. >> as biden arrived in beijing, state-run media was already carrying criticism, warning america of the perils offing tyking sides. >> you are candid and you are constru
liabilities detroit's bankruptcy plan, the ruling allowing the city to cut retiree pensions. >> joe biden's trying to find a diplomatic solution over disputes between china and japan. >> he's alive. >> what started as a recovery mission becomes a stunning rescue. the sole survivor of a capsize at sea stuck from days on the bottom of the atlantic. >>> a good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. it's good to have you with us. i'm drait. in a major development. the engineer of the train apparently admitted to a nunion representative that he nodded off at the controls. it happened while the train travelled at 82 miles per hour. the ntsp removed the commoout ear rail employees union, citing a breach of confidentiality when they talked to the media. >> al jazeera correspondent has the latest on the investigation. >> for the first time since the metro north train derailment leaving four dead and dozens injured attention is shifting from mechanical failure, focussing on the train's engineer. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brake systems were not functions properly. >>
mouth in the state of the union? we'll tell you. >>> vice president biden takes on a serious mission in china. >>> plus, is this the future of inexpensive space exploration? we'll tell you. [ male announcer ] campbell's homestyle. mmm! this is delicious katie. it's not bad for canned soup, right? pfft! [ laughs ] you nearly had us there. canned soup. [ male announcer ] they just might think it's homemade. try campbell's homestyle soup. ♪ doing it with a cold, just not going to happen. ♪ vicks dayquil powerful non-drowsy 6-symptom cold & flu relief. ♪ no matter what city you're playing tomorrow... [ coughs ] [ male announcer ] ...you can't let a cold keep you up tonight. ♪ vicks nyquil powerful nighttime 6-symptom cold & flu relief. ♪ before using her new bank of america credit card, which rewards her for responsibly managing her card balance. before receiving $25 toward her balance each quarter for making more than her minimum payment on time each month. tracey got the bankamericard better balance rewards credit card, which fits nicely with everything else in life she has t
president biden wrapped up his visit to china on thursday raising the issue of the treatment of american journalists in that country. nearly two dozen journalists from different american publications are in danger of not having their visas renewed by year's end. biden argued newspapers should be able to, quote, report the truth without fear of cups kwepss. >>> police have arrested an 18-year-old for allegedly stealing a porsche from the part of the car that allegedly killed actor paul walker. the suspect posted panels of the roof panel on line bragging about the grab. >>> at navy launched a drone from a submerged submarine thursday. it was fired from a torpedo tube and flew for several hours while transmitting live video. >>> just ahead we'll turn to politics. politico's kevin cyrilly joins us. . >>> welcome back. time for our first look at politics. joined by politico's kevin cirilli live in washington. >> good morning. happy friday. >> president obama had an interview with chris mathews on "hardball." we'll talk on the other side. >> both hillary and joe would make outstanding presiden
his wife will run for president. and adds that he would support joe biden as a 2016 presidential nominee if he got the nomination. he'll support any democratic nomination. >>> notre dame is suing over obama care birth control mandates. they're doing this again. the university filed a fresh lawsuit opposing insurance for student and employees saying it goes against the teachings of catholic church. the affordable care act does make exceptions for religious institutions. so this new lawsuit seeks an expanded exception for schools and universities as well. >>> the house has passed a ten-year extension of the 25-year-old ban on plastic guns that can pass metal detectors and x-ray machines. new york senator charles schumer calls the extension better than nothing, but not by much. he plans to pass a tougher bill on monday, the day the classic gun band is set to expire. >>> vice president joe biden meeting with the chinese prime minister xi jinping. the vice president spent yesterday in japan, calling on china to drop sovereigncy over the beijing sea. >>> the obama administration says i
for nothing less. >> vice president joe biden arrives in japan tomorrow morning. it's his first stop on an east asian tour. originally, it was meant to promote trade. now the focus is on the growing dispute over islands in the east china sea. stephanie skowan has more from japan. >> they look like an army. they even act like an army. but they are not a real army. these troops are from japan's self defense force on training exercise earlier this year. but under japan's constitution, they can only fire to defend themselves. with japan's larger neighbor, china, asserting itself internationally, though, questions are being asked whether japan should rethink the role of its armed forces and china's declaration this week of an air defense zone over the east china sea is making that discussion all the more urgent. japan's hawkish prime minister has been pushing mps all year to change the pass fist constitution. long-term defense guidelines will be introduced in december and a national security counsel will meet for the first time after joe biden's visit. some hope biden's visit will the her
. >> thank you very much. diplomatic turbulence. vice president joe biden's trip to asia and talks with japan and china over disputed air space. >>> and what needs to be done with our rail system following another deadly derailment. >> back to al jazeera. i'm john seigenthaler. here are our top stories. 131 million americans are expected to spend $2 billion by the end of cyber monday. that'that would be a record. online sales are up with web retailers reporting more sales growth than traditional brick and mortar stores. and the white house said hundreds of thousands of americans were trying out the website today. extreme speed is one factor in a train crash in new york. four people died and several injured. joining with us, former secretary transportation under president bush. and mr. secretary, it's good to see you. >> john, it's good to be with you, thanks. what needs to be done to the infrastructure in this country when it tomorrows to passenger trains? >> well, right now i think there is a big difference between the amount of money that's available and the amount of money that is necessar
things happen first. >> is there anything more you think joe biden or the president or any supporters in the administration are doing? >> as long as we have the conversation and keep things going, i'm encouraged to see the white house and senate are continuing conversations on mental health as well because this isn't just about guns, it's about the causes of gun violence which include mental wellness. that's important legislation on the table right now which we support. >> the house is expected to vote on the plastic gun ban, which expired december 9th or will expire december 9th unless renewed. what is your position on that? that vote is, i think, this afternoon? >> we fully support it should not be allowed to expire. it's been in place 25 years and it should continue. >> the 911 calls are due to be released tomorrow. is this going to only cause more pain for you and the other families? how does that impact your quest for gun legislation? >> we don't feel that the 911 calls should have been released but that decision has been made now. and it will affect our community certainly, and
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of that and more straight ahead. ♪ lou: vice president biden shuttle diplomacy to tokyo, beijing, and sold. armed services committee member congressman randy force on the administration's weak response administration's weak response to china. [ male announcer ] here's a question for you: if every u.s. home replaced one light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, the energy saved could light w many homes? 1 million? 2 million? 3 million? the answer is. 3 million homes. by 2030, investments in energy efficiency could help americans save $300 billion each year. take the energy quiz. energy lives here. ♪ lou: the world tonight morning the death of anti-apartheid i john nelson mandela. the south african spent 27 years in pson. he advocated armed resistance to apareid in south america before becoming the country's first black president. in recent years the nobeleace prize winner and a number of health issues, including repeated hospitalizations with a chronic lung infection. a somber, eloquent president a lot talked about his death at the white house. >>e achieved more than could be expected of any m
. >> vice president joe biden has wrapped up a visit to china with no solution to a squabble over air security and spoke with chinese officials. tensions rose when china expanded the air defense zones to include the islands. both powers have a stake in preserving international security. >> china's recent announcement of the establishment of the air defense zone has caused significant apprehension management region. i was firm in my conversations with the president. >> a pact between the two powers is vital for the asian pacific. he's heading to see yes, the final stop on his far east trip. >> up to 5 billion cell phones are being tracked based on leaks from former n.s.a. contractors, and interviews with u.s. intelligence officials. >> the report said the n.s.a. can pin down the location of a cell phone and map out relationships from them. the spy agency say it does not target the whereabouts of phones in the u.s. the n.s.a. confirmed it gathers information about americans insidently. >> a scam was discovered by trust wave. militias viruses were sent to thousands of users. it tracked c
, that is the deadline to sign up for coverage in january. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan this morning, the first stop on a week-long asia trip that includes visits to china and south korea. the vice president had planned to focus on trade and economic issues but suddenly he is finding himself to calm rising tensions in the region over the east china sea claimed by china and japan. the dispute intensified last week with china's claim of an airplane defense identification zone over these islands. >>> accusations this morning against syrian president bashar. the human rights chief says massive evidence collected over the course of the 33-month-old conflict in syria indicates asawed sad in war crimes and crimes against humanity. cnn's frederik pleitgen is following this for us and live in damascus. does this report name bashar al assad specifically? >> reporter: it doesn't name him specifically but does implicate him. the report says that these war crimes and crimes against humanity go all the way to the top levels of the syrian government, including responsibility for the office of the h
deal could endanger millions of dollars in aid and foreign investment. vice president joe biden is trying to calm the dispute between japan and china. and he told japanese leaders u.s. will stay in it and they are concerned about the china dispute. >> the prospect for miss calculation mistake is too high. >> reporter: china and japan claim islands in the sea and tensions rose when they declared an air defense zone over the area and biden will raise concerns over the risk of miss calculation with chinese leaders in a few days. and healthcare.gov is running smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset
? >> all right, rene, thanks so much for the update. >>> overseas, vice president biden playing peacemaker during his week-long tour of asia. he's meeting with leaders in japan and china amid a growing rift between the two. biden urged the countries to lower tensions over a dispewed air space. cnn's barbara starr is live at the pentagon with more. how did the u.s. get caught up in this, barbara. >> biden's trip was supposed to be about trade and the economy. now in fact it's all about the chinese military. vice president joe biden with one eye towards a possible 2016 bid is getting the chance to flex his international muscle power in asia. >> the united states has an interest in the lowering of tensions in this vital region. as i believe all the countries in northeast asia share that same interest with us. >> reporter: biden, in crisis manager mode, arrived in tokyo as the region confronts a power grab by beijing. china declared it now controls a vast portion of the air space over the east china sea and remote islands that both china and japan claim. biden will bluntly ask the chinese lead
diplomatic mission for joe biden steps that he's taking to calm japan and china. >> the country's foreign minister tells al jazeera why he says an agreement was reached with world leaders. and a record-setting day for retailers. what drove the internet surge in holiday sales on cyber monday. >> into welcome back. vice president joe biden is calling for calm on both sides of a territorial dispute between china and japan. he is in japan for meetings. the dispute is the main topic of discussion. china and japan claim a group of islands in the east china sea. tensions rose when china declared an air defend zone over the area. >> the talks on the nuclear program is done, but there is disagreement about why iran signed. the foreign minister said sanctions did not force iran to the bargaining table. the u.s. disagrees. rosalind jordan reports. >> handshakes, smiles, a deal. the international community celebrated an agreement to ensure iran's nuclear program stays peaceful. now the foreign minister says the country struck the deal because they wanted to. >> when sanctions started iran has less th
is visiting japan, his first stop on a three-nation tour of asia. joe biden will meet with prime minister shinzo abe. we have the story. >> reporter: they look like an army, they even act like an army. but they're not a real army. these troops are from japan's self defense force. under japan's constitution they can only fire to defend themselves. with japan's larger neighbor china asserting itself additionally, though, questions are being asked whether japan should rethink the role of its armed forces. and china's declaration this week of an air defense zone over the east china sea is making that discussion all the more urgent. japan's hawkish prime minister shinzo abe has been pushing mps all year to change the passivist constitution, and a national security council will meet for the first time after joe biden's visit. some hope biden's visit will herald a new stage of japan's relationship with the usa especially after china's announcement of an air defense zone. >> the united states took firm action against china's reckless behavior. it might help the relationship that is fit for true a
for its ruling. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan tonight at the start of a week-long trip through asia. he is standing united with japan in a growing territorial dispute with china. alfonzo has the latest from london. >> reporter: when vice president joe biden stepped off his plane in tokyo, he stepped into an escalating dispute between japan and neighboring china. >> we, the united states, deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in east china sea. >> the united states and japan say kentucky china is setting up a new air defense zone over the east china sea. an area japan claims it controls. the vice president talked about the dispute as he met with japan's prime minister. >> this action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation. >> the united states put its own b52's into the zone last week in a move to show that washington doesn't recognize china's claim. but, the u.s. told u.s. commercial airlines to give notice of their flight plan ahead of time. the zone measures about 600 miles from north to south
president, joe biden. the president called biden an old friend, braised u.s./china relations. biden described the relationship between the two countries as full of promise. their public remarks gave no hint of the tensions right now between the u.s. and china concerning air space over the east china sea. however, senior officials traveling with the vice president say during private talks, biden told the president the u.s. does not recognize china's newly declared air defense zone, and the u.s. has, quote, deep concerns about the situation. >>> just six days, the house goes on vacation. and there's lots of work to do. so why are some members right now talking about aliens? we're talking about space aliens. we'll get to the bottom of this, get to the bottom of this when we get back. 1ñp ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. is heading out of town for the holidays. some members of the house are now choosing to spend their remaining time raising some eyebrows this m
100 days to name bao bao in keeping with chinese tradition. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is on his way to southeast asia. biden plans to make stops in jap japan, china, and the border between north and south korea. trip comes amid tensions with north korea over two detained americans as well as its nuclear program. there have also been tensions with china over airspace covering the east china sea. vice president joe biden will meet with the presidents of south korea and china and the prime minister of japan during this trip. >>> in bethlehem, a giant christmas lighting at the church of the nativity tonight. a catholic mass marked the start of the christmas season before the tree lighting today an there were also fireworks. bethlehem is believed to be the birth place of jesus. >>> a giant menorah was lit in alexandria, on this, the fifth night of hanukkah. crowne plaza hotel in old town. hanukkah is a jewish festival of lights lighting of a candle every night for eight nights. >>> the search for a missing teen in virginia leads to a confrontation at the home of the only su
. >>> overseas now, vice president joe biden said the u.s. and china must expand practical cooperation. biden arrives in tokyo today. his visit comes as china and japan are in the midst of a territorial dispute. china is claiming airspace over islands japan says are theirs. biden says the u.s. was deeply concerned about the action and promises to raise the issue when he meets with china's president later today. >>> coming up on the "morning news" now, a skydiving tragedy. two people are killed after they collide hundreds of feet above the ground in arizona. this is the "cbs morning news." >>> in belgium, more than 130 >>> coming up on the "morning news" now, a skydiving tragedy. two people are killed after they collide hundreds of feet above the ground in arizona. this is the "cbs morning news." , buttery and flakey. that's half. that's not half! guys, i have more. thanks, mom. [ female announcer ] do you have enough pillsbury crescents? maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 ab maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 cbs
of staff the vice president biden to get a washington insider's point of view next. ♪ >> bankrupt company, bankrupt city. what happened the? >> we lost our way. >> this does not look like my old man's cadillac. >> where the fastest-growing car brand in the world. >> a 111-year-old brand, doesn't have what it take you? >> the november employment report comes out friday morning and while investors look at the numbers more than one million americans are watching congress to pass an extension of emergency unemployment benefits. they are set to expire december 28. democratic strategist robert hoopes has been an active member in electoral politics are more than 20 years working in joe biden's senate office and later as a member of the obama-biden transition team and is currently the president of a bipartisan public affairs company. thanks for coming on tonight. we have to start with the breaking news, your reaction to the death of nelson mandela. >> at this moment in washington, we are talking a lot about leadership. you look at his qualities as a leader, perseverance, determination, the gratit
next half hour. >>> vice president biden trying to ease tensions between japan and incline. he is in beijing. biden telling chinese leader that america will not recognize the zone. both japan and china claim to have sovereignty over the disputed region. >>> the head of the operations says preparations are on track to start moving the deadly chemical agents but right now, a lack of security on the main road connecting damascus is causing a lot of concerns for them. if all goes as planned, the arsenal could be destroyed by the middle of next year. >>> the white house is in full holiday mode. first lady michelle obama showing off the decorations. the visitors the next two weeks will be treated to the portuguese waterdogs ornament made out of black satin ribbons. one of the real first dogs sonny got a little excited yesterday knocking down a 2-year-old girl visiting from alabama! can you believe it? this is like the biggest white house scandal? no. >> look at that! >> that is the one where it looks nice. the next one, she ends up on the ground. >> she has a lasting memory there. th
worried about what is happening in iran as much as their backyard. >> quickly, joe biden is going on an asian tour at a time when things are really critical with china and japan. >> you will be landing in tokyo to remind his friends in asia, china, japan, south korea that they aren't being neglected. stays calmerything over there. >> thank you. >> tonight's game has wrapped up at fedex field between the redskins and the giants. it came down to the wire and sadly, the redskins continued their losing streak. britt mchenry with the details. >> it has been a tough one. depressing for washington fans than the actual game tonight has to be this spot. sorry, guys. projected difficulty of the schedule, the skins are projected to have the second overall pick in next year's trapped. wait for it, it goes to st. louis for that rg iii pick trade. write down the field, alfred , 7-0 skins and they are cruising. goes downrter, rg iii for a 20-yard touchdown. griffin completed 16 to 17 passes in the first half. rushed for more than 50 yards. they're doing great, right? third quarter, andre brown g
. >> thanks, nicole. walking a diplomatic tightrope, biden on a delicate mission to the far east and shrelanka, a small country with a big problem, one fourth of the people are suffering from diabetes and we will tell you what is being done about the health crisis. raising a glass to a new business detroit. the first distillery in more than 100 years. >> i'm mark morgan, the college playoff system starts next system and the final year of bcs could provide more than its share of controversy and i will explain later in sports. >>> right now you are looking at a live picture of the train derailment that happened yesterday effecting 26,000 commuters there in the new york city area. ♪ >> al jazeera america is a straight-forward news channel. >> its the most exciting thing to happen to american journalism in decades. >> we believe in digging deep. >> its unbiased, fact-based, in-depth journalism. >> you give them the facts, dispense with the fluff and get straight to the point. >> i'm on the ground every day finding stories that matter to you. >> in new orleans... >> seattle bureau... >> washingto
for a living. next in your "world tonight." >>> treading lightly. vice president joe biden is in asia tonight hoping to make progress on two sensitive topics. >> nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with our "world tonight." >> raj and jessica, one issue has local ties. vice president biden is expected to discuss the detainment of palo alto war veteran merrill newman in north korea. biden arrived there today. the white house has already issued a formal request for newman's release. the 85-year-old was detained in late october after the end of a ten-day visit to north korea. over the weekend, north korean television aired a video of newman apologizing for crimes during the korean war. experts believe the statement was coerced. during the war, newman served in a top-secret army unit. nicknamed the white tigers. which trained anti-communist guerillas. >>> vice president biden will also visit south korea during his trip as well as china where he will meet with president xi jiping. the two will most likely discuss china's new claim over the east china sea and the threat it continues to make to coun
as likely to be morbidly obese. >>> wrapping up his tour of asia, vice president joe biden is in south korea where north korea's nuclear am bigs will be high on the agenda and the veep surprised chinese citizens waiting for a visa at the u.s. embassy. >> hello, everybody. vice president biden. i'm the vice president of the united states. >> is that sojo biden. it's time for the reputation of the weekly look of who's hot and who's not according to social media with our exclusive analysis howard brattin, chairman of 15 minutes public relations. >> that was vintage biden. he's out and about, you know, trying to build some bridges. what is social media saying? >> he's a pretty low-key guy on social media. we don't see him much. when we do see him, he's usually made a gaffe. he's very much tracking, and about half like him, and about half don't and he's very mixed and calling him on the move. >> is any publicity good publicity if people are talking about you? >> it's not obama care so the administration does this and he's looking very press deshlg. he's meeting with the premiere of china, big dea
several days, vice president joe biden has arrived in asia for a week-long trip. the visit is expected to be dominated by dispute over islands in the chain seas. chip niece scare defense zone over islands claimed by both countries. biden will visit china and south korea. and those are the headlines at this hour. i'm tony harris in new york city. "real money" is up next with david shuster in for ali velshi. >> a retail report card on black friday weekend and cyber monday, what the numbers say about holiday sales, american consumers and the economy. plus a look at the health of the obama care exchange after two months, and why some states want to blaze their own trail. >>> and a blast of the 401k returns. the latest controversy. i'm david shuster, and this is real money. ♪ >> this is "real money," and you are the most important part of the show. so join our live conversation for the next half hour on twitter @aj real money. black friday has come and gone, but cyber monday is upon us. today is the day that men many americans take advantage of shopping dials online. sales dropped 3% from
and a half years. sales climbed nearly 9% in november. much more still ahead. vice-president joe biden does nothing to ease tension in the south china sea. in fact, he blasts the territorial claims and its air defenses down and former secretaries of state kissinger and schulz lay out the strategy to stop the iranian marched to a nuclear break up. judith miller, dr. while the ferris join us. also, the latest math, reading and is tied -- science test scores of u.s. students revealing the new promise of a new age of american exceptional as an. the shocking statistics for you in tonight's "chalk talk". we're coming right back. ♪ president obama pushing his troubled health care plan. and he says no matter how much it stinks', it is not going to be repealed. we will be taking that up with congressman and dr. paul brown it has a diagnosis of his own next. ♪ as a business owner, i'm constantly putting out fires. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cascard from capital one, i get 2% cash back on ery purchase, every day. i break my back around here. fina
db babe ruth. >>> vice president biden in china trying to smooth over tensions in that part of the world. he'll meet with china's president ping. the trip was supposed to be about trade. it is overshadowed since china expanded the airspace into territory that japan also claims. the move has even affected commercial u.s. flights throughout the region. you might recall a week ago the u.s. challenged china's claims by flying two b-52 bombers through the zone without telling china which is what china had requested of everyone going through that airspace. we also want to give you a quick update on the new york train derailment. the line should be getting back up to speed this morning. union representatives say he nodded off while driving when he came to. he apparently shut down the throttle and tried an emergency braking technique. his attorney compared what happened to highway hypnosis. that drowsy feeling you get sometimes when we've been staring at divider lines for a long time. either way, it seems like he might not have been fully focused. the investigation is on going. he s
the following day. vice president joe biden met with china's president in beijing earlier today. the meeting was over china's new defense zone that is owned over him and that both japan and china claim to own. biden did not comment on the islands after the first meeting, but said that the chinese leader was candid and constructive. the two are set to meet later today. and a hong kong, look at pollution set to -- at toxic levels. an aging fleet of diesel buses and trucks combined with sunny, dry weather has caused pollution to spike in recent days in the city. speaking of smog, here is a building that eats it. in mexico city, this building can effectively consume the amount of smog produced by 1000 cars per day. it is how a city that was once the world's most polluted is cleaning itself up. ? >> in the city, online retail giant that post move from its headquarters to the center of town. it actually enjoyed something of a renaissance, creating a whole new community in the process. bloomberg checked it out. >> las vegas, always the town where fortunes are won and lost, but few are actually made
commission president and asked to renew negotiations. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan this morning. new u.s. ambassador caroline kennedy greeted biden when he arrived in tokyo. biden says the u.s. is trying to lower tensions in the region after china suddenly declared an air defense zone in the east china sea. he plans to bring it up when he meets with china's president tomorrow. seth done in beijing. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, norah. the vice president traveled here to asia to talk about trade and economic issues but that conflict over the air defense zone will likely dominate his trip. just a couple hours ago, he reiterated u.s. support for its ally japan. the vice president continued his week-long tour in asia today alongside japan's prime minister. it signals the early stages of a delicate balancing act for the u.s. amid international protest over china's newly declared air defense zone. biden addressed the conflict this morning. >> we the united states are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the ea
for president. >> vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton. compare and contrast? >> not a chance am i going there. [ laughter ] here's what i'll say, both hilary and joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever. hilary i think will go down in history as one of the finest secretary of states we've had and helped transition us away from a deep hole we were in when i first came into office around the world. >> that's the only answer he could have given to that question? >> he gave it well. even pushed he said i'm not touching that one. he cannot weigh in on this one and i suspect he will get right up to the next election and where there ever to be an contest that's unimaginable between joe biden and hillary clinton in the nominating process i can't imagine barack obama weighing in on that one. in the larger context joe biden is doing hillary clinton a favor by having his name out there. the idea he can keep this as a race
television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on the flight too. >> merrill newman praised the deportation, he called on north korea to release kenneth bae. he has been in prison for a year. >> they have kenneth bae who has no reason to be held and should be released immediately. we demand his release as well. >> that sentiment echoed by merrill newman's son. >> we add do not forget ner american, kenneth bae, who is still being held in the dprk and we hope that he, too, will be allowed to rejoin his family. >> merrill newman is expected to arrive in san francisco saturday morning. >> vice president joe biden says he played no direct role in merrill newman's release. >> preparations are under way for the burial of nelson mandela. people are gathering in johannesburg celebrating his life wi
president joe biden's week-long trip to asia. biden is in japan for meetings with japanese leaders. he is expected to discuss china, air defense zone claimed by both countries. u.s. planes have flown through that zone. biden will visit china and south kor korea. >>> thailand protests could escalate. one has vowed to escalate and ordered protesters to storm buildings after at least three people have died in the protests. al jazeera florence louis has more on the man leading the charge >> reporter: he is a wanted man for his role in the anti-government protests. but as he greets his supporters, the adulation is apparent. >> he is my inspiration. he brings all of us together. he says his aim is to get rid of the ousted prime minister. he wants to have what is known as the people's council. >> the people in parlorpal got bought their votes. >> toxin and proceed toxin parties have won elections since 2001. opponents deride his policies which favor the rural poor as a form of vote buying. his vision, however, has alarmed academics who see it as undemocratic. >> i think this is very unaccept
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